United Way of Midland County kicked off the 2021 Campaign on Monday, September 13 with a goal of bringing our community together to raise $4.7 million. They are excited to announce pledges totaling $1,258,144, representing 27% of the overall goal.
“After our first official week of Campaign, we are thrilled with the way our community is stepping up to support United Way and our neighbors who need our help,” shared Todd and Mary Draves, 2021 Campaign Co-chairs. “While the needs are changing and continuing to escalate, it’s our goal to help educate and inspire people to join in – whether that’s through participating in the campaign or lending their time as a volunteer.”
After a successful pacesetter start, Dow employees kicked off their campaign this week with an inspiring launch. They have already reached 65% of their employee goal and continue to show steady progress.
Team Dow is leading with way with creative ways to support the campaign. Dow and United Way collaborated to co-host a webcast, which engaged nearly 300 participants across the region. Team members shared inspiring stories about how United Way and their partner agencies have supported them at a time in their life when they needed it most. Campaign ambassadors are going above and beyond with fun ways for employees to participate, including virtual events like trivia, yoga, and presentations from motivational speakers.
MidMichigan Health also kicked off their employee campaign with a strong start. Thanks to overwhelming response, their annual campaign t-shirts sold out completely. Keep an eye out for the unique blue tie-dye Live United shirts in the community.
Fisher Contracting completed their campaign earlier this year, exceeding last year’s results. Many other companies will be kicking off their campaigns in the coming days and weeks, but others have already joined in. Corteva co-hosted a virtual kickoff event with United Way to help inspire and educate their team members about community issues and how their support creates real and lasting change. They also spotlighted their volunteer impact and shared an update on their collaborative work around food security.
“The combination of a global pandemic and devastating 500-year flood have taken their toll,” shared Holly Miller, President and CEO of United Way of Midland County. “The response from our community to lend a hand through those emergencies has been inspiring. But like any disaster, we are just now seeing the long-term impact. The needs in our community are on the rise and we are working collaboratively to ensure we create stability, hope and a path forward.”
United Way focuses on three key pillars that are the building blocks for a good life: Youth Success, Health and Household Stability. They partner with non-profits and invest in the top health and human service issues identified by the community.
United Way shared that one in three in Midland County are food insecure. Through programs offered by their partner agencies, over 700 seniors received healthy delivered meals and over 440,000 pounds of food was rescued and redistributed.
Every community member has a story to share…but we often don’t see behind the scenes to truly understand how our neighbors, friends and family members struggle.
A local senior was trying her best to care for her sick husband, but just couldn’t do it all. When she started receiving hot, nutritious meals each day, her health and well-being improved. That support helped her to focus on healing him and herself.
Click here to read the full story of impact or view “Dear Neighbor” videos. They show how your support makes a difference for our friends, families, coworkers and neighbors.
The 2021 United Way campaign will continue until October 29 and everyone is invited to be a part of it.
United Way of Midland County brings our community together to improve lives.
We amplify individual passion to take on our toughest challenges together. We don’t focus on a single issue because change is bigger than one organization or program.
We partner with nonprofits and invest in programs that show measurable outcomes—every year. Together, we create new solutions to old problems and join with people from all walks of life to put those solutions into action.
We make it easier to make a difference, whether it’s through time, money or lifting your voice. We are more than fundraisers. We are the hand raisers, the game changers.
United Way of Midland County is accepting applications for a full-time Database Coordinator.
This detailed, process driven data lover will maintain CRM systems and ensure our data is kept clean and usable. Working with Standard Operating Procedures, they will update donor and volunteer records and process pledges. With a customer-service mindset, they are committed to making our data actionable and will serve as a link between our databases and the United Way team by building reports, mailing lists, and dashboards.
Focused on continuous improvement, this person monitors our systems to make sure that our Data Standards are upheld. The ideal candidate is passionate about creating a positive impact in our community and wants to be part of the team leading United Way’s digital transformation. They are curious, collaborative, persistent, and not afraid to speak up or try something new.
REQUIREMENTS: Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience in a relevant position. Strong Excel Skills.
PREFERRED: CRM System experience.
Import and maintain data across multiple systems
Monitor systems for compliance with data standards
Manage account, contact, and record creation and merger processes
Create and manage dashboards
Pull email and direct mail lists
Build and pull reports
Assist with developing processes to further our work
If you are interested in joining a fun, mission-driven team, please submit a cover letter and resume.
On Monday, September 13, United Way of Midland County will kick off their 2021 campaign with a goal of raising $4,700,000.
Many organizations will officially kick off their campaigns in the coming weeks, but some are already reporting early progress.
“We are off to a strong start, already reporting pledges of $394,362,” shared Holly Miller, President and CEO of United Way of Midland County. “This represents an impressive 8% of our $4.7 million goal.”
She went on to share that the last 18 months have been a time of uncertainty, change and challenge, but that it also demonstrated the power of people helping people.
“I am so inspired by the way our community continues to show up for our neighbors in need,” Miller said. “We worked together last year, showing that when we unite we are stronger together. This year, we are asking our community to join us in demonstrating what’s ‘Possible Together’.”
The aftermath of the 2020 dam failure and then continued pandemic hardships have our community facing a steep increase in health and human services. Many people are asking for help–some for the very first time.
“The United Way Board of Directors are committed to ensuring our neighbors have the help they need to reach their full potential,” shared Mike Sharrow, board chair. “We are confident that our community will come together to meet the increasing needs through the 56 programs run through our 25 partner agencies.”
Sharrow added that United Way is positioned to drive impact forward. Leveraging their strength around accountability, outcomes and non-profit capacity building, they have the system to ensure dollars being invested have the biggest impact.
“As our community moves forward into a space of hope and healing, it’s important that we continue to show up,” shared Miller. “Many of our hardworking families are one crisis away from falling into poverty, and that crisis became a shocking reality for so many of our neighbors, friends, families and coworkers over the last 18 months. The number of people needing help is increasing.”
As a community, we have learned that when we join together, real and lasting change happens. This year, United Way has a dynamic duo taking the lead as campaign co-chairs: Mary and Todd Draves.
“We are so honored to have the opportunity to lead this year’s United Way Campaign,” shared Mary Draves, Chief Sustainability Officer at Dow and Todd Draves, owner, Draves Auto Center. “Our community is an incredible representation of what it means to Live United. We’re surrounded by so many caring people who don’t hesitate to lend a hand when our neighbors need help. It’s inspiring to be a part of something much bigger than us as individuals, and our hope as campaign chairs is that we can help inspire others to join in.”
Miller added that Mary and Todd Draves co-chair partnership is a symbol of the strength in numbers.
“We are thrilled to have Mary and Todd leading the way this year,” Miller said. “They are both incredibly passionate and caring people who are committed to helping us create visible and measurable change in our community.”
United Way brings everyone together to improve lives by amplifying individual passion to take on our toughest challenges together. The campaign will continue through Friday, October 29.
For more information about how you can help improve lives in our community or to donate, visit unitedwaymidland.org.